If there was one thing you could change about yourself, what would it be? For me, it has always been the way my teeth look. On my top row I have a tooth that’s grown behind my other teeth, leaving a noticeable gap at the front. And on my bottom row, I have serious overcrowding issues, although this isn’t as anywhere near as obvious.
For many years, I’d been begging my dentist for braces to move my teeth into their proper positions. But each time I asked about them, he’d tell me he’d rather not mess about with them because they’re healthy enough as they are. And each time he uttered those words, I would leave the surgery feeling deflated. It looked like I was destined to have teeth I was unhappy with for the rest of my life.
One afternoon, I was having coffee with a friend and she was telling me how happy she was with some dental work she’d had done. And, before I knew it, I was in floods of tears, telling her how I felt I couldn’t smile in front of people I didn’t know because of how self-conscious I was about the way I look. I told her about all the blogging jobs I’d turned down because PR’s had asked me to speak at events or be a part of an ad campaign and I didn’t want thousands of people judging me for my wonky teeth. And I told her all about my dentist, and how he refused to help me.
When I’d finished blubbing, she gave me a hug and suggested that I switch to another practice and try someone else. She said my dentist sounded like a bit of a prat, and couldn’t believe I’d stuck with him for all these years. She jotted down the number of the guy she’d been praising, and I promised her I’d give him a call the very next day.
Dialling the practice the next morning, I was super nervous. But the receptionist I spoke to reassured me that all their dentists were lovely and would listen to any concerns I had. She booked me in for a consultation a couple of weeks after our initial phone conversation, and I went along feeling a mixture of both hope and apprehension. I mean, what if they agreed that I shouldn’t get braces?
Luckily, I needn’t have worried. The consultation went well, and the dentist listened to my concerns. He agreed that if the way my teeth looked was causing me confidence issues then I should definitely have some work done to fix that. He agreed with my old dentist that my teeth and gums were healthy. And he also agreed that moving them could cause some other problems, but he also said that the risk of that happening was really small.
We then sat down together and came up with a treatment plan. He agreed that a brace would straighten my teeth out, and I was given the choice of what sort I would like to go for. The Invisalign ones sounded great, as you can’t tell when people are wearing them. But I decided to go for good old-fashioned train tracks in the end. From what I’ve heard, they move teeth a lot better than invisible braces, but they do take a bit longer to do the job. I don’t mind that though. I’m just happy that I’m finally going to be able to have a smile I can be proud of!
Since my initial consultation, I’ve been back to have photographs of my teeth taken as well as providing impressions of them. I’m back again in two weeks for the next stage of my journey to a nicer smile. And I couldn’t be happier. I’m so glad my friend suggested switching to a new dentist. I don’t think I would ever have done it without the gentle push she gave me.
Even though I’m still reluctant to show my teeth when I smile, I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated with how things are going. Having braces at any age can be scary, but I want to show people that you’re never too old to change something about yourself if you’re not one hundred per cent happy. If you’ve got any questions about the cost of having braces as an adult or tips for looking after your teeth while wearing them etc please let me know and I’ll be sure to cover them in a future post.
And if you have a dentist like my old one, don’t forget that you can switch too. There are thousands of practices up and down the country that are taking on new patients, as well as special clinics such as the Harley Street Smile Clinic that specialises in cosmetic dentistry in the London area. They’ve fixed loads of celebrity smiles, including Kerry Katona, Lorraine Kelly and Greg Rutherford, to name a few.
Whether you’re looking at getting veneers, having your teeth whitened or you need a full smile makeover they’re happy to help and have over 27 years of experience. You’d be sure to be in good hands.
Do you guys have any tips for me for when I get my braces?
Be sure to let me know in the comments below.